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Venerable Bishop Alfonso Gallegos, OAR PDF Print E-mail
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55th OAR General Chapter PDF Print E-mail
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Intercessions for the 55th General Chapter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:09

MORNING PRAYER

S. Lord, you promised your presence to those who gather in your name. Assist our Chapter delegates so that what they accomplish may be done in your name and may be for the good of the Order and of your Church.

M. Lord, you animate your Church with the fire of the Holy Spirit and direct it with your light. Assist the members of our Chapter that they may discern your will and know how to transmit it to the brothers.

T. Lord, you prayed to the Father that all might be one, as you and the Father are one. Grant that such unity may be achieved among the brothers assembled in the Chapter as a sign of the unity among all the brothers.

W. You entrusted your Church to Peter and the apostles. Enlighten those who have the duty to elect the brothers who are to direct the life of the Order in your name.

T. Lord Jesus, you called happy those who are poor and humble of heart. Enable us to recognize those who, in your name, will rightly reveal your plans for us.

F. Kind Father, you enlighten and strengthen us with your Spirit. Help those who are assembled in your name in their task of rightly ordering and moving the life of our Order.

S. Lord, you are present in the midst of those who gather in your name. Enlighten our brothers so that, in all their works, they may take into account the needs of the Order and of the Church.

 

 

EVENING PRAYER

S. Lord, from of old you have communicated with us by means of the prophets. Grant that all those in the Chapter may be true prophets of your kingdom and that, faithful to your call, they may accomplish the mission you have entrusted to them.

M. O God, you are the only foundation of our hope. Grant us a Prior General according to your heart, who will nourish in the brothers their hunger for you and will guide the Order in the fulfillment of your plans.

T. Father, you govern us with love. Grant that those who are elected for the government of the Order may show to all the brothers the love with which you love us.

W. Lord, you commanded Peter to care for his brothers. See that the superiors who are named in the Chapter be solicitous in the service of the brothers, zealous for the glory of the Father, and faithful to the promises of religious life.

T. Lord, you promised your presence to those who gather in your name. Assist our Chapter delegates so that what they accomplish may be done in your name and may be for the good of the Order and of your Church.

F. Lord, you animate your Church with the fire of the Holy Spirit and direct it with your light. Assist the members of our Chapter that they may discern your will and know how to transmit it to the brothers.

S. Lord, you prayed to the Father that all might be one, as you and the Father are one. Grant that such unity may be achieved among the brothers assembled in the Chapter as a sign of the unity among all the brothers.

 

 

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Prayer for the 55th General Chapter PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:21

GRANT, LORD

That the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

may usher in a new time for our Order;

may the Door of Grace be opened for us,

and let us never cease to wonder

at the limitless horizon of hope;

in our restructuring,

may we not see mountains that block our way,

but rather the chance to explore, hand-in-hand with you,

paths both new and wonderful.

Prepare us

for the forthcoming General Chapter.

Make us

worthy of our history,

and of our saints.

Give us

trust in you alone,

a personal life transfixed by your love.

Give us

community life

founded in Mercy toward our brothers.

Give us

generosity, discernment and the necessary wisdom

to dedicate ourselves to our common enterprise

of passing on your Mercy.

Give us what you command

and command what you will,

for all our hope is in your great Mercy.

Amen.

 

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Saint Augustine, saint and seal PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 04 September 2016 14:48

For almost three centuries, the Augustinian recollects identified themselves in the Church with this representation of St. Augustine.  Today, August 28, the liturgical feast of the Saint of Hippo, once again we raise the old emblem and knit over it a brief reflection.

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The Augustinian recollects identified themselves with St. Augustine right from the start.  And it could not be in any other way, proclaiming him by word and through plastic representations.  Among these, the official seal of the Recollection occupies the highest place, which remained untouched for almost three centuries.  On that seal they champion an Augustine kneeling before the Crucified Christ of normal size, portrayed as living Christ.

The St. Augustine on the seal of the Order is barefooted and clothed as recollect.  Portrayed also as bishop, but the episcopal ensigns –staff and miter are on the ground as if showing disregard of the honor and title as a bishop.   It is clear that it wants to portray a concrete image of the Saint, as real saint.

But the habit does not make a monk much less a saint.  It is not the representation of Augustine that matters: being a bishop or not, neither a recollect nor Augustinian… just as in saying that renewal does not consist in knowing better the doctrine and life of our Father.  These days we know about St. Augustine much better than our predecessors.  And we have at our disposal countless and better instruments at the hour of looking for quotations and data.  But it is not because of this that we say we are better Augustinian Recollects.

What is more important in the representation of St. Augustine is the kneeling Augustine before the Crucified Christ.  His gesture of adoration, his posture of contemplation and the bareness of everything else.  In this lies the recollect originality, the newness of his inspiration.

At the time of inception of the Recollection, towards the end of the 16th century, the Augustinian Order was in its moment of grandeur which sums up figures of great importance, monumental churches and monasteries, admirable evangelizing enterprises.   But nothing of that sort is important as how the recollects would say.  What matters are not the statistics, nor the structures, nor the works, of whatever kind they may be.

The Recollection wants to reassert the radical experience of Augustine, depicted in this seal.  The experience of the encounter with Christ.  A personal and direct encounter with Christ, with a bare Christ nailed on the cross. This is what we call “prayer”, in all its true and deep sense of the word.  “Knowledge and Love” of God; and the more in parishes, missions, schools, the better.  But in as much and is always they are revitalized by prayer.

Today, we are invited on it, on this day of St. Augustine. It is good that we know better our Father; that we show his doctrine the best way possible; that we educate augustinologists and spread everywhere the mind of the Saint.  But an Augustinian Recollect will only be when, taking aside all the rest, daily cultivate the encounter and dialogue with the Lord and Glory of the Cross.


(From the OAR website: agustinosrecoletos.com)

 

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